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      RECIPE TITLE "Cappuccino Cupcakes"
    recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess , Copyright 2003 by Nigella Lawson

    ... more great recipes by Nigella Lawson on our GREAT CHEFS page!

    yieldsMakes 12 time ---difficultymoderate

    The only thing chocolatey about these is the white chocolate in the icing: underneath is just golden coffee sponge; I think of this combination as blonde mocha.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    For the cupcakes:
    3/4 cup self-rising cake flour
    1/2 cup soft unsalted butter
    7 tablespoons sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 heaped tablespoon instant espresso
    2-3 tablespoons milk

    For the icing:
    5 1/2 ounces white chocolate
    1/4 cup butter
    1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sour cream
    1 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
    scant teaspoon cocoa powder

    12-cup muffin pan with paper baking cups

      RECIPE METHOD

    Preheat the oven to 400°F.

    Put all the cupcake ingredients except for the milk into the food processor and blitz to combine. Pulse again, adding milk down the funnel to form a batter with a soft, dropping consistency. Spoon into the baking cups in their pan and put in the oven to cook for about 20 minutes. When ready, remove from the oven and leave in the pan to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

    When they're completely cold, get on with the icing. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or in a double boiler, and after it's cooled a little, stir in the sour cream. Gradually beat in the sifted confectioners' sugar. And if the consistency isn't right for icing, add either hot water to thin or more sifted sugar to thicken. Spread roughly and generously over the top of each cupcake, and then dust sparingly with cocoa, by pressing a little through a tea strainer, so that they look like little cups of dusted cappuccino.

     

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